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Myotis blythii - Kucuk Farekulakliyarasa

Myotis blythii - Kucuk Farekulakliyarasa
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cyber Shot DSC W55
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA, Mammals in Turkiye & the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-30 15:38
Viewed: 6884
Points: 32
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Hello my dear friends
As I wrote in my last post, I have been in field trip. Ferhat and me visit some places in Karaman and Mersin provinces for the study on bats and their ectoparasites. Some days, we can find a short time for internet. Now, I am writing in a hotel in Anamur.
Today, we visited firstly Buğu Mağarası [Cave] in 8 km north of Anamur District [Mersin Prov.]. We observed only about 20 bats of Myotis blythii (Tomes, 1857) - Küçük Farekulaklı Yarasa [TR], Lesser Mouse-eared Bat [EN] (CHIROPTERA: VESPERTILIONIDAE). They were in semi-torpid and some of them couple or trio. Nine years ago, I visited firstly this cave and I met only single Miniopterus schreibersii (Kuhl, 1817) - Uzunkanatlı Yarasa [TR], Bent-winged Bat [EN] (CHIROPTERA: MINIOPTERIDAE).
The cave has narrow two entrances. One of them very narrow and we couldnt pass and a stream goes from the entrance. Second one was also narrow, but we climbed from there into inner side. Several metres later, we could walked. Approximately 10 m later, we saw the stream and first gallery. Stream starts inside of the cave. It was very clear and relatively cold. So, we had a good condition after around 40 Celcius degree out of the cave.
Tomorrow we will continue searching in southern coast of Turkiye. Thank you very much for your visiting, I hope you will like this post.

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Finally a new bat picture! :)
Very interesting and original presentation of Chiroptera Ahmet! Interesting is what these to are doing :) Is it mother and her child? (teeneger?), or maybe just two bats - just like that :)
TFS and have a nice and fruitful studies! I really hope to lern something more about parasites of bats from you soon :)
Friendly yours,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-30 15:47]

Excellent work. Good sharpness, lighting and composition. Gary

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-30 16:12]

Hi Ahmet,

What a fascinating - and difficult - field trip this must be. Judging from this picture it must be a success. Wonderful details of these two who are assuming the same positions. I never knew how furry they were. Hope you get many more photos as good as this.


Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Delighted to see your Bat posting after a while!
this is a very fine and good closeup of them in perfect sharpness, good colour and superb details
many thanks for the sharing
take care on your field trip and sincere regards
friend Tony

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-30 22:48]

Merhaba Ahmet,
An excellent shot of a species new to me, Myotis blythii, The technical aspecta are excellent and the POV good to show the characteristics of the species. They look like they are in copulo but maybe just keeping close together while they hang on the roof of this cave.
I must say caving is not for me! So it is extra nice if you show species that I could never seein real life myself.
Thanks my friend and I hope the rest of your field trip is successful.
Best wishes, Ivan

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-30 22:54]

Hello Ahmet,
Wonderful and lovely picture!
Beautiful colours, light, detail and clarity!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Oooo Dr merhaba,
Arazi iyi geçmişe benz,yor. Güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş. Eline sağlık. Ben de boş dönmedim ama çok da iyi bir şeyler yakalamayamadım ve hava da genelde kapalıydı maalesef.

Ahmet merhaba , güzel tür , zor ışık koşulları ( hatta çok zor ) için başarılı fotoğraf , eline sağlık .

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-31 4:43]

Hello Ahmet,
Very interesting to get a report from your field trip that sounds very exciting. It must be good to get away from the heat! Very fine view of this cosy pink-nosed pair that I expect are clinging to the roof of the cave and looking down at you. Very fine details and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ahmet hocam , alanınız ile ilgili güzel bir türü daha bizlerle paylaşmışsınız
ellerinize sağlık, tür bilgisini diğer tür fotoğraflarınızda yaptıgım gibi dikkatlice okudum,akademik olarak bana yararı olacaktır.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-31 13:58]

Hi Ahmet. A elcellent close up of the pair of Bats. very interesting animals. I see them flying around at sunset and just before dark in the garden. You have fine detail and bright colours. well done TFS.
Nick..Intersting notes as well.

Salam Ahmet. Thanks for sharing one of your research subject. This is very well taken shot under harsh environment. Well exposed in sharp detail. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Merhaba hocam fotoğraf çok güzel ama arazide görmek çok daha güzel olmalı tebrikler.
Elinize sağlık

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-11 11:14]

merhaba hocam
gayet güzel bir çalışma
ışığı, renkleri, netliği ve detayları nefis olmuş
eline sağlık

Ahmedim selamlar, insan kendi uzman olduğu sahada fotoğraf çekti mi hakikaten bilinçli vaziyette en mükemmeli yakalıyor. Eline sağlık kardeşim.Nefis...
Kıbrıs'tan selamlar

Hello Ahmet,

Very nice picture of theses bats. Excellent composition. Very good POV and sharpness. Great light and colours.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-20 6:43]

Assalamualaikum Akhi Ahmet,
this your niche area...the bats. Such a special one for me to know a bat specialist. Here at my place it is quite funny also to hear some great theories about bats.
The common one, if you want to possess more beard and moustache wipe the bats blood at the spots. I guess it is not true :).
I have some experience in caving too. But for the sports sake not for scientific expreditions. The encounter was quite exciting also. But our friend who suffer from asthma was sicke after that because of breathing problem due to guano, I guess.
It is quite interesting too know it.
This is Gua Kelawar in Langkawi Island about 1 hour ferry ride from my house : Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave) was named after the Malaysian fruit bats which live in the cave. They liven on fruits and flowers of the surrounding forest and help pollinate the trees and plants. The guano they produced over centuries was once mined by the locals and used as fertilizer. The cave also has a complex ecosystem based on the guano, worms and insects feed on the guano. Some areas of the cave are protected to protect this eco system.

Gua Kelawar is located at Kilim river and accessible only by boat. From the jetty wooden bridges and platforms lead through a mangrove swamp and into the cave.


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